Ponte Colls show spirit in draw with unbeaten leaders

Pontefract Collieries manager Craig Parry.
Pontefract Collieries manager Craig Parry.

Pontefract Collieries’ run at the top of Division One of the Toolstation NCE League proved shortlived as they followed their win over neighbours Glasshoughton with a defeat to promotion rivals Campion and a draw with Penistone Church.

Craig Parry’s men went down 3-0 away to Campion last Saturday, but produced a better display to draw 0-0 at home to leaders Penistone on Tuesday night.

In their first-ever league game at Campion, Colls found themselves chasing the game from early on when Eli Hey opened the scoring for the hosts.

But they stayed in the contest for much of the remainder until Hey, who is now the division’s top scorer with 21 goals, struck again 14 minutes from time.

Steven Hollingworth’s 90th minute goal rubbed salt into the wound with Ponte having a rare off day in front of goal, failing to score for the first time this season.

Colls’ were unable to find the net again when up against table toppers Penistone, but they defended well against opponents who are still to taste defeat this season and felt themselves unlucky not to win.

The result left Colls down in fifth, four points behind Penistone, who they briefly overtook a week ago, and Grimsby Borough over who they have a game in hand.

Pontefract will be looking to get back to winning ways and close back up on the top three when they are at home to Yorkshire Amateur this Saturday at the Harratts Nissan Stadium (kick-off 3pm).